Shaping the public house 1850-1950: business strategies, state regulation and social history

Mutch, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8054-6649, 2004. Shaping the public house 1850-1950: business strategies, state regulation and social history. Cultural and Social History, 1 (2), pp. 179-200. ISSN 1478-0038

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Much cultural and social history fails to engage fully with business history, resulting in an impoverished view of central institutions such as the public house. Using the twin concepts of control and interpretation, and with a particular focus on managed houses, the article suggests that the degree of control exercised by companies over the character of public houses during the period has been exaggerated. While there was an increasing degree of control over public houses in terms of ownership and product range, this control was not necessarily used to influence the character of the house. Many companies left such concerns to their tenants, viewing their pubs as distribution points rather than retail outlets. Changes to the pub, such as the 'improved public house', were as much about the respectability of the trade in response to regulatory pressures as about meeting customer needs. An appreciation of contrasting business strategies can give a richer picture of the public house and its place in popular culture.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: The article is not the final print version
Publication Title: Cultural and Social History
Creators: Mutch, A.
Publisher: Berg
Place of Publication: London
Date: 2004
Volume: 1
Number: 2
ISSN: 1478-0038
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:59
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:16

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